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‘Echoes Revisited’

Posted by at 10:10 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Fanzines, G-8, Non-fiction, Phantom Detective, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger

‘Echoes Revisited’

'Echoes Revisited'The fanzine Echoes ran from 1982 to 2002, before the advent of print-on-demand changed pulp fan publishing and ushered in the current New Pulp era.

Echoes was published by Tom and Ginger Johnson for 100 issues and then for a period of time it was an “newszine.” Its last new issue was Echoes Revisited, published in 2002 as a 20th anniversary special issue. This one had a color cover (The Shadow by David Burton) and special binding. There were also 100 numbered copies.

This issue celebrates Echoes with a collection of articles new and old, along with several art portfolios and photocopies of some pulp covers. Sadly, I don’t know which articles are reprints, or from where, nor where some of these articles have appeared since. The articles are grouped by their authors.

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‘Windy City Pulp Stories’ #16

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Fanzines, Pulps, References, Reprints, Review

‘Windy City Pulp Stories’ #16

"Windy City Pulp Stories" #16Once again another Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention has passed (2016), and we are blessed with a new edition of the Windy City Pulp Stories, now up to #16.

This year’s focus is on science fiction, as well as the 120th anniversary of Argosy. We get a great selection of articles, both new and reprinted in these area.

The largest set are focused on the celebration of science fiction.  And the “new” articles aren’t so new.  While they see print here for the first time, they were actually pulled together in 1979 by Robert Weinberg for a proposed tribute to Astounding on its 50th Anniversary.  Which never saw print.  Here we get a tribute by Robert Weinberg on Astounding, as well as an interview with A.E. van Vogt. Will Murray provides a couple of short, but still interesting, articles. One is an “alternate history” of early SF mags. Basically a look at what might have been. His second is a list of oddities from Astounding.

Then we get “Reflections on Science Fiction,” by Manly Wade Wellman, which tells of him getting into writing science fiction. “An Interview With Poul Anderson,” by Dave Studzinski.

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Fanzine focus: ‘The Pulpster’ #24

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Conventions, Doctor Death, Fanzines, H.P. Lovecraft, Non-fiction, References, Review, Street & Smith, Thrilling

Fanzine focus: ‘The Pulpster’ #24

'The Pulpster' #24The Pulpster is the program book for PulpFest, and this time we look at the most recent Pulpster, #24, from Pulpfest 2015. I wasn’t able to attend, but got it.

Each issue of The Pulpster is packed with articles on the pulps, rounded out with artwork, and professionally printed. They stand up to any fanzine. Many articles are written by several of the major pulp researchers, and many articles are organized around the theme for PulpFest. For 2015, the theme was H.P. Lovecraft at 125.

The cover is a photo of Lovecraft taken at age 25. The rest of the issue features several great articles, plus one piece of fiction.

Tying to theme, we get a retrospective of Lovecraft’s legacy from several authors. Each one contributes about a half page write up, and many of the authors have themselves contributed Lovecraft-esque works. So these was an enjoyable set of pieces.

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Three books for Shadow fans

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Non-fiction, References, Review, The Shadow

Gangland's DoomThere are three books I think every fan of The Shadow should have:

  • “Gangland’s Doom,” Frank Eisgruber Jr. (1973, 1985, 2007)
  • “The Shadow Scrapbook,” Walter Gibson and Anthony Tollin (1979)
  • “The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine,” Will Murray, et al (1980)

Frank Eisgruber’s “Gandland’s Doom” was the first book-length work on The Shadow. Printed years ago (Pulp Classics #1 in 1973, then a Starmont House reprint in 1985), it was thankfully reprinted in a new edition by Altus Press, which fixes some errors and has updates.

We get several chapters looking at all aspects of The Shadow. We first get one on his real identity and background (as given in the pulp), then on his several false identities like Lamont Cranston and Henry Arnaud.

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‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 6

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, January 2, 2015 in Captain Hazzard, Doc Savage, Fanzines, Hero Pulps, Jim Anthony, Lester Dent, Pastiche, Philip Jose Farmer, Pulps, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger

'The Big Book of Bronze,' Vol. 6A series of books for Doc Savage fan that I previously reviewed are the (sort of) annual “The Big Book of Bronze.” Now, the latest volume, number 6, is out, and we look at this one.

Published by Jay Ryan‘s Solace of Fortitude Publications, the books are done in conjunction with the Doc Cons. After skipping a year, this volume ties into the recent Doc Con XVII in 2014. Clocking in at 242 pages, this volume isn’t the biggest, but is among the bigger ones.

We get a variety of articles in this issues. There is a nice article looking at Ham, Will Murray gives a retrospective on 50 years with Doc, Jay gives a overview of 60 years of Doc, and a few others.

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Fanzine focus: ‘The Pulpster’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, December 12, 2014 in Fanzines, Pulps, References

Fanzine focus: ‘The Pulpster’

'The Pulpster' No. 1This posting we look at the fanzine, The Pulpster. Except that The Pulpster is not really a fanzine. It’s actually the program book given out at Pulpcon, and now PulpFest.

Each issue is packed with articles on the pulps, rounded out with artwork, and professionally printed. They stand up to any fanzine. Many articles are written by several of the major pulp researchers.

The major pulp convention was Pulpcon, which ran for years until Pulpcon 37 in 2008. For reasons I have no idea, the event was replaced by PulpFest in 2009. PulpFest is held in the summer in Columbus, Ohio (the prior Pulpcon moved around). Tony Davis was the long-time editor until William Lampkin (of ThePulp.Net) took over with The Pulpster #22.

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